Robert A. Plante of Falmouth died Friday, April 22 of natural causes. He was 93 and the loving husband of the late Ruth E. (Ruthie) Plante for 58 years.

Bob was born in Fall River on Sept. 21, 1922 and as a teenager moved to Martha’s Vineyard with his family.

He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was based in Italy and received many medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. Following the war, he attended Brown University and pursued a career as a design sonar engineer.

Bob was an avid reader throughout his life. He enjoyed bicycling, walking and running, completing the Falmouth Road Race 13 times. Twice he and Ruthie walked from Falmouth to Provincetown, just for fun. They enjoyed traveling and visited Europe, Australia, and Alaska, and took many cross-country trips with their camper.

He is survived by his children: Robert Plante and his husband John of Ventura, Calif.; Patricia Donovan and her husband Steve of Vineyard Haven; Joanne Plante of Falmouth; and Leslie Plante of Mashpee.

Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home at 475 Main street in Falmouth. A graveside service will be private.

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